Shari Rachel Holmer Lewis

Shari Rachel Holmer Lewis Dr. Shari Rachel Holmer Lewis died at age 66, on November 22, 2016, in Evanston, Illinois. She was the beloved wife of Samuel L. Lewis and loving mother of Rachel Lewis.

Shari was born in Buffalo, New York on May 25, 1950, the daughter of Rev. J. Erik and Anita Rae (Wahlen) Holmer but spent most of her young life in Moline, IL.

She married Samuel L. Lewis in 1981 and in 1987 they welcomed their daughter Rachel into their family.

Shari graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Shari attended Northwestern University and earned a Ph.D. in High Medieval German Literature and later an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. Shari was Assistant Dean in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago for more than thirty years and ran its highly successful Corporate M.B.A. program, which recruited and trained over 3,000 students.

She enjoyed gardening and making jams and preserves. She traveled to many countries with her daughter. She enjoyed playing music on the piano and oboe, and sang in the choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Evanston. She served on the board of campus ministry at Northwestern University.

She is survived by her husband and daughter; brothers Mark (Linnea) Holmer and Paul (Christine) Holmer; mother-in-law Brownie Lewis; two aunts; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and several aunts and uncles. Shari will be greatly missed.

Visitation Monday, November 28, 2016, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3637 Golf Road, Evanston, IL 60203. Funeral Service Tuesday 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church. Interment Calvary Lutheran Cemetery, New Windsor, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran World Relief, 700 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 or Habitat for Humanity, 2201 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60608.

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Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2016
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